DOGON ANCESTRAL WOOD STATUE MALI
Dogon figures are associated with ancestor cult. They are carved either for personal or family use. They are worshipped by the village after its use such as commemoration of the foundation of the community. The ancient tribes of Niongom and Tellem occupied the Southern part of the cliff during the 10th century, carved elongated statues with arrow-shaped noses, lozenge eyes and arms hanging at their side. The carvings followed the shape of the wood. It is thought these statues were placed on altars which when later abandoned were left untouched. With the passing of time the figures gained a weathered patina.
Source: The Tribal Arts of Africa by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart